Mer's FAV super easy protein packed Breakfast

introducing the most unappealing {super weird} but extremely delish/easy/fast/inexpensive breakfast...

eggs with coconut oatmeal! {yes, you read that right!}

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I have been following the Endo Diet almost 3 years now. I was super strict for 1 whole year & then realized that's just not how I want/can live. I've learned to listen to my body & realized how truly unique each Endo Monster 👻 is & our bodies are so different.

For my first year following the Endo diet I removed all eggs. The reason for removing eggs from your diet when you have a chronic illness like we do is because eggs are like a binder.. I mean think about when you cook - you use eggs to hold things together, right? So that's what happens to our insides. But I really like eggs, they are amazingly healthy for you {not just the egg white either. the entire egg🍳} & they really keep me full all morning. What I do is just get really great organic brown eggs from hens that are vegetarian feed without any extra BS like hormones or pesticides. I limit my egg in take to about 3-4x a week & have found my body really is happy with that. Any more than 4x a week my insides don't like me! 💩💩💩💩

ingredients: 

directions:

cook oatmeal as per instructions. in non stick pan, scramble your eggs. grab a big bowl & combine eggs into oatmeal with a tbsp coconut oil & pink himalayan salt.

mer's tip:
read through directions on your oatmeal {some brands take longer than others - my personal fav is the trader joe's brand that takes 5 mins!) 

Try it out for about 2 weeks to really see what your body thinks of eggs.

 

don't forget you can always email me with any questions or simply comment here! 

 

Poached Eggs on top Lemony Spinach

8 minute breakfast! perfect for on the go or even breakfast in bed! filled with tons of protein, iron & anti inflammatory properties! 

ingredients: 

  • 2 cups & 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 brown organic eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach 
  • 2 slices of GF toast 
  • 1/2 avocado (optional) 

directions: 

  • boil 2 cups of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon
  • break the 2 eggs in a small bowl. when the water comes to a boil, add the eggs slowly into water & leave to poach about 5-8 minutes
  • in a non-stick pan, heat up 2 tbsp water & remaining lemon juice. add spinach & cook until wilted
  • pile spinach onto a plate & top with poached eggs
  • serve with gf toast & avocado  

Summer Leg Challenge - Day 3

Day 3 (knee lift OPTIONAL)

Side Lung (knee lift OPTIONAL

When you step out to the side, please make sure your FORM is on point! That means your back is flat, stomach is pulled in tight and your knee is right over your big toe! You should still be able to see your sneakers! 


15x each leg! Repeat 3x on both legs! 

*don't forget to do both sides!*

Happy New Year!

So I will admit I am one of the many who have made the New Year's resolution to get healthy for 2013. But I will say that my version of "getting healthy" may differ from many people. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis in November 2012. In short, endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body. This can lead to serious pains, bloating, irregular periods, & problems getting pregnant. I did tons of my own research after getting tired of hearing my doctor say "So we'll put you on these pills & see." Since endometriosis isn't something that can be "fixed" I have decided to take this new found knowledge from my schooling & see how I can help myself.. the natural way.

I found an amazing & inspiring website called Endometriosis Resolved that has opened my eyes into healing myself.

My version of being healthy consist of eating a certain way that will reduce the pains & symptoms caused by endometriosis. Certain foods can increase negative chemical reactions to the body. Endometriosis gets misdiagnosed often for IBS or stomach issues because of these negative chemical reactions.

The "Endo Therapy Diet" is a controlled nutritional lifestyle change that eliminates the problem food groups that increases these chemical reactions. Some food groups to avoid: wheat, dairy, red meats, all soy, eggs, sugar or caffeine.

Reasons why you should avoid these food groups:

-WHEAT contains physic acid which can aggravate symptoms of endometriosis. Also, wheat contains gluten which women with endometriosis  are often found to be sensitive too

-DAIRY causes inflammatory reactions to the body

-RED MEATS promotes negative prostaglandin which causes inflammation

-SOY contains high levels of phytoestrogens which is a chemical that can act like estrogen and phytic acid (read more here http://www.endo-resolved.com/soy.html it's extremely eye opening!)

-EGGS increase digestive issues and constipation especially for people who have IBS (eggs are used as a binder in cooking!)

-SUGAR causes inflammation and produces a more acidic environment for the body (organic honey is ok to use)

-CAFFEINE increases abdominal cramps and increases estrogen levels

After having a laparoscopy (a surgery done to diagnose endometriosis) I was not able to work out for a month. Not being able to workout or run was a huge hurdle in itself since I was training for 12 weeks for a half-marathon right before the surgery! But that's when I found the "Endo Therapy Diet".

I have been really strict on my eating for a month now & I can happily say it's working!! I have physically seen such a difference! It's truly amazing how much food can effect everything - your mind, body & soul.

So now that I am a true believer & plan on making this a lifestyle change, my food intake has become challenging. I am working out again & I would rely on carbs to fuel me during long runs or grueling cardio workouts.

As life goes on, it is easy to find "wheat-free" and "dairy-free" products but they all seem to contain soy!

I will document my journey through food & my new life to hopefully show & helps others that may need to change some things in their diets.

Please comment & leave your suggestions if you have any! I am new to this & my restrictions will be challenging.

Cheers to a great 2013!!